Zurich vs Napoli
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Letzigrund (Zurich).
Zurich took advantage of the dream start to their respective Group A campaign with three wins from opening three ties to book a place in the last 32 round of the competition. They finished second in spite of claiming only a single point from last three matches in the process. The reward came in the massive last 32 round tie against Italian giants and one of main contenders for the trophy as Napoli come to visit Stadion Letzigrund on Thursday evening.
There are no doubts local fans will make a real buzz in and around the venue, but the gulf in quality is massive and we can hardly expect a pleasant night for them on the occasion. Partinopei lost just one of six group phase matches in their Champions League journey. They showed strength by staying more than competitive against the likes of Liverpool and PSG. Carlo Ancelotti’s troops are also doing well in Serie A where they will likely finish runners-up to untouchable Juventus. Bianconeri are 11 points away at the top of the ladder, but Napoli have a healthy nine-point cushion on third-placed Inter after 23 rounds.
Zurich vs Napoli: Head-to-head
Zurich will have the honour of facing Napoli for the first time in their history on Thursday.
Zurich vs Napoli: Prediction
Zurich climbed up to 4th place in the Swiss Super League ladder thanks to a 3-1 home win over relegation strugglers Grasshopper on Saturday. They thus rebounded from a 3-1 defeat away at St. Gallen in the first fixture after the winter break.
Zurich generally found goals hard to come by in their latest Europa League affairs. They notched two in last three matches in the competition. Given they have not played as tough opposition as Napoli so far in the season, it’s hard to believe the hosts can do much in the final third on the occasion.
Partinopei held three successive clean sheets in Serie A against the likes of Milan, Sampdoria and Fiorentina. You can back them to keep things tight at the back against Swiss counterparts at the odds of 2.00.
Zurich vs Napoli: Bet Tips
Napoli to win @ 1.44 (4/9)
Napoli to keep a clean sheet @ 2.00 (1/1).